Urdhvapashcimottanasana, Ūrdhvapaścimottānāsana, Urdhva-pashcima-uttana-asana: 1 definition
Urdhvapashcimottanasana means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.
The Sanskrit term Ūrdhvapaścimottānāsana can be transliterated into English as Urdhvapascimottanasana or Urdhvapashcimottanasana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Alternative spellings of this word include Urdhvapashchimottanasana.
Yoga (school of philosophy)Source: archive.org: Yoga Tradition of the Mysore Palace
Ūrdhvapaścimottānāsana (ऊर्ध्वपश्चिमोत्तानासन) is a type of posture (āsana), according to verse 108 of the Śrītattvanidhi.—Accordingly, “Take the paścimottānāsana position. Place one foot behind the neck. This is ūrdhvapaścimottānāsana, the upper back stretcher”.
The 19th-century Śrītattvanidhi is a sanskrit treatise describing 80 primary āsanas, or ‘posture’ and several additional ones (eg., ūrdhva-paścima-uttāna-āsana).
The name of the base āsana, paścimottānāsana, which name is well known, is not found in the text. There is an ūrdhvamukhapaścimottānāsana in Iyengar but it is different from this. The āsana closest to this in form is skandāsana.
Yoga is originally considered a branch of Hindu philosophy (astika), but both ancient and modern Yoga combine the physical, mental and spiritual. Yoga teaches various physical techniques also known as āsanas (postures), used for various purposes (eg., meditation, contemplation, relaxation).
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